Our Visit to the Temple of Leah
The Temple of Leah may not have a long history, but it can be said that Cebu officially has it’s very own Taj Mahal. This Cebu Temple was constructed in the year 2012 as a symbol of an undying LOVE. Business Tycoon, Teodorico Adarna (Grandfather of actress Ellen Adarna and owner of Queensland Motels) constructed this huge edifice for his late wife, Leah Albino-Adarna.
The Temple of Leah is now one of Cebu’s most visited attractions. In our opinion, it was a bit is gaudy and over the top from the sounds of it. Out of curiosity or simply to keep abreast with the trend, we decided to venture to Barangay Busay and see it with our own eyes. While our opinion of the place remained the same, it was still worth seeing. After all, LOVE poured 80+ Million PHP into this place.
The Roman Style building serves as a shrine, holding the memory, collections and treasures of Leah. The temple has 24 chambers containing a museum, an art gallery and a library with all her favorite and personal belongings. Taking inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture, there are statues of gigantic lions, goddesses and brass angels on the property.
More than just an attraction, Temple of Leah is a modern testament of undying love. It’s a building that serves to immortalize a love always cherished.
One can only think of the song – “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge:
“When a man love a woman,
He’ll spend his very last dime
Tryin’ to hold on to what he needs”- Percy Sledge
When we arrived, it was very apparent that the areas surrounding the temple were unfinished. Despite that fact, it was still a sight to see. The Roman Style building was built to completion and the foyer area in front of it, served as a place for people to take in immaculate views, pose for photos, meet other tourists/locals & picnic. The entrance fee at the time was only Php50.
The foyer is surrounded by full-sized maidens made of porcelain
Overlooking all of Cebu City was one of the highlights of our visit.
Brass Angels sit near the entrance of the Cebu Temple
The colossal Doric columns creates a picture-perfect & artistic backdrop for photo taking
Could this statue be symbolic of Cupid’s Arrow? Perhaps…
Sitting above a flight of stairs and in the center of the Temple, sits a brass statue of Leah herself. Below the statue reads a beautiful sentiment from her loving husband (see below).
She must have been quite the woman right?
If there is one thing we took from this gaudy experience, it was best said by the Beatles –
“All you need is love”
…and a few extra dollars – Melody & Trevor 😉